The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. RiceBishop
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop since 2011. Bishop Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity Degree.

Bishop Rice is currently Bishop in Residence at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary directing the Cardinal Glennon College Seminary program of formation.

Auxiliary Bishop’s Ministry Team:

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Coat of Arms / Crest

Bishop Rice - Coat of ArmsGules, between three French crowns Or, a chevron Azure, fimbriated Argent, charged with two garbs of the second.

Significance

The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation.  The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm.  Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.

As a bishop without canonical jurisdiction (an auxiliary bishop), Bishop Rice’s personal arms occupy the entire shield of the design.

Drawing upon heritage of his parents, John and Helen (Madden), the Rice “family arms” (a red field with a blue chevron) has been varied and differenced to reflect its use by the Bishop.  As solely a mark of difference the chevron is outlined (“fimbriated”) in silver (white).  Upon the chevron are two golden (yellow) garbs of wheat, taken from the arms of the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Metropolitan Archbishop of Saint Louis and Principal Consecrator for Bishop Rice’s elevation to the episcopacy of the Roman Catholic Church.  The garbs are also emblematic of “The Bread of Life,” The Eucharist, which is the core mystery of the Catholic Faith and the central activity of the priesthood.

Above and below the chevron are three golden “French crowns,” (elevations are in the form of fleur-de-lis).  One crown honors Saint Louis, King of France, and titular of the See City of Saint Louis, that His Excellency has served as a priest and now as a bishop.  Another crown gives honor to Saint Edward the Confessor, His Excellency’s baptismal patron.  A third crown honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in her title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the parish where His Excellency was baptized.

For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Rice has selected the Latin phrase “VENITE ET VIDEBITIS.”  The phrase is taken from the Gospel of John, Chapter 1:39, the call of the first disciples, Andrew and John.  When they ask Our Lord where He is staying Jesus responds, “Come and you will see”.  The verse was chosen to recognize His Excellency’s seminary and vocation work and to highlight the call of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for a time of “new evangelization” in the Church.

The achievement is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green.  These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969. (by Deacon Paul J. Sullivan)

Personal

  • Born: July 28, 1960, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Son of John L. and Helen (Madden) Rice, both deceased.
  • Family members: John, Mark, Mary Ann, James, Patrick, Vincent, Leo, Virginia, Helen
  • Baptized: August 14, 1960, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Parish of Origin: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Diaconate Ordination: May 3, 1986, Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, St. Louis, Mo. (Bishop Terry Steib, SVD, ordaining prelate)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Jan. 3, 1987, Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis, Mo. (Archbishop John L. May, ordaining prelate)
  • First Mass: Jan. 4, 1987, St. Cecilia parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Monsignor: July 2, 2008

Education

  • Master of Divinity degree, Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis Mo., 1982
  • St. Mary’s High School, St. Louis, Mo.,1978
  • St. Cecilia Grade School, St. Louis, Mo., 1974

Administrative Experience

  • Director for the Office of Vocations, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., 2008 – present
  • Director, Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1996-2000
  • Assistant Director, Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1995

Pastoral Experience

  • In Residence, Holy Redeemer Parish, Webster Groves, Mo., 2008-present
  • Pastor , St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Louis, Mo., 2000-2008
  • In Residence, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, St. Louis, Mo., 1991-1995
  • Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, Overland, Mo., 1987-1991
  • Transitional Deacon, Immacolata Parish, Richmond Heights, Mo., 1986

Teaching Experience

  • Religion department, St. Mary’s High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1991-1995

Memberships

  • Archbishop’s Committee for Eucharistic Renewal
  • Spiritual Moderator, Legion of 1000 Adorers
  • Dean, South City Deanery
  • Retreat Director:  Marion Sisters of Waverly, NE, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, IN, Pink Sisters, Philadelphia, PA, Discernment Retreat, Little Sisters of the Poor,  Retreat for priests of the Diocese of Lafayette, IN.
  • Spiritual Director for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary